Help Us Honor and Remember the Colfax Massacre Victims.
We are raising money to fund and install a fitting memorial for the men who fought and died fighting for the freedom and rights promised after the Civil War to African Americans. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Any donation will help and be greatly appreciated.
“The Mission of the Colfax Memorial Organization is to fund, create and dedicate a fitting memorial for the men who fought for freedom that fateful day. Funds raised over the cost of the memorial will be used to provide scholarships for African American students in Colfax who desire to attend college and establish meaningful careers.”
The cost of the memorial is projected to be approximately $58,000, plus the cost of purchasing and preparing the site for the memorial. The site for the memorial will be determined in the very near future but will be in Louisiana.
You may not have ever heard of the Colfax Massacre (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colfax_massacre). It was rarely if ever taught in schoolrooms. However, this tragic event, which happened on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1873, in a small town in Central Louisiana, marked the beginning of the end of the rights and freedoms promised to the formerly enslaved African Americans after the Civil War.
That tragic Easter morning, after assuming political authority in the Grant Parish Courthouse, over a hundred African American men fought a valiant battle defending their new rights against a small army of much better-armed white men who had organized to take back power. While several of the black men died during the 3-hour battle, a large number of the victims were murdered that evening after surrendering. While most of the white men who committed this atrocity were never arrested or prosecuted, three were convicted of depriving these black men of their constitutional rights. In 1876, these convictions were overturned by the Supreme Court.
This Supreme Court decision in 1876, US vs. Cruickshank, triggered the end of Reconstruction in the South, opened the door for white nationalist groups to harass, abuse and kill innocent black Americans, and ushered in the Jim Crow era that lasted for nearly the next 100 years. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws)
How could an event and court decision this monumental, one that opened the door to such misery and hardship for millions of Americans for a hundred years be lost to our collective consciousness? It is all too evident that history has all but forgotten the men who made the ultimate sacrifice that day, fighting for the rights and freedoms they were promised in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to our Constitution. (https://www.fasttrackteaching.com/ffap/Unit_1_Reconstruction/U1_Reconstruction_Amendments.html)